What an absolutely amazing day of conference-ing…well unconference-ing.
Today I had the chance to attend the first ever #SATechMI UnConference, which was held at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Now, you might be wondering “What is an unconference???” Well, like you, until about 2 months ago, I had never heard of one either. However, it’s actually really simple. It’s a very relaxed version of traditional conferences. It’s extremely casual and the only things scheduled are the time blocks. No topics are selected. As attendees get to the conference site, they write their topic suggestions on a board and then as the unconference begins, the attendees vote on the topics to cover in sessions. A facilitator is selected to simply start the conversation and get it going when the session conversation hits a lull. The conversation drivers of each session however are the attendees. In some fields this concept may be hard, however when you put a coupe dozen tech savvy Student Affairs Professionals in a room, there is never a shortage of conversation. Direction, perhaps, and thus enters the role of the facilitator.
I was really blown away by the input of my colleagues as well as myself. It was a very comfortable and open environment to share, reflect and learn.
Now, instead of giving you a play by play of every minute of my day, which would be nice but a lot of boring text, here are just a highlight of Tweets from today to give you an idea of my experience at the conference.
Today’s UnConference, to say the least was an amazing experience. I can guarantee that there will be future posts in the next few weeks as I ruminate on the topics from the Unconference today.
Until next time!
Peace, Love and Pandas!